WHAT THEY SAY

 

"I challenge you not to devour this wonderful book in one sitting."

-Greg McKeown, author of Essentialism

“What a timely and useful book! It's neither hysterical nor complacent - a workable guide to being thoughtful about digital media. It's already made me rethink some of my media use in a considered way.”

- Naomi Alderman, author of The Power

"This book is an urgent call to action for anyone serious about being in command of their own life."

- Ryan Holiday, author of The Obstacle Is the Way

"You’re not the user, you’re the product. Hang up, log off, and tune in to a different way to be in the world. Bravo, Cal. Smart advice for good people."

- Seth Godin, author of This Is Marketing

“Newport is making a bid to be the Marie Kondo of technology: someone with an actual plan for helping you realize the digital pursuits that do, and don’t, bring value to your life.”

- Ezra Klein, founder of Vox.com


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ABOUT CAL NEWPORT

 

I’m a computer science professor at Georgetown University who studies the theory of distributed systems. In addition to my academic work, I write about the intersection of technology and culture.

I'm the author of six books, including, most recently, the New York Times bestseller, Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World. My work has been published in over 25 languages and has been featured in many major publications, including the New York Times,  Wall Street Journal,  New Yorker,  Washington Post, and  Economist.

I've been blogging here at calnewport.com for over a decade.



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February 9

On Thomas Edison, Technophobia, and Social Media Criticism

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February 8

Edward’s Analog January

It’s been about a month since I proposed the Analog January Challenge. Accordingly, I’ve begun to receive reports from those who’ve made it through a full four weeks of enhanced analog activity. I thought it would be interesting to share one of these case studies… One of the first reports I received was from Edward […]


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January 27

The Platform Exceptionalism of YouTube

The major social media services are often described as fundamental platforms of the internet age. The companies that control these services use this argument to justify their astronomical valuations, and their critics use it to validate the need for regulatory intervention. As longtime readers know, I’m often skeptical of this digital deification. Services like Facebook, […]


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December 31

The Analog January Challenge

One of the surprising lessons I learned working on Digital Minimalism is that when it comes to reforming your relationship with your devices, successful outcomes are less about deciding to stop harmful digital behaviors than they are about deciding to start committing to meaningful analog alternatives. If you simply resolve to quit social media, and […]


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